A delegation of Bachpan Bachao Andolan(BBA) initiated National Coalition for Education(NCE) had met the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh at his office in Parliament House on 30th August 2005. The delegation was led by senior Parliament member & NCE Chair Mr. Ravi Prakash Verma and the President of Global Campaign for Education & BBA Mr. Kailash Satyarthi.
In an Intense and positive discussion, the NCE delegation demanded that the pending law on compulsory education has to be tabled and passed as an urgency. They suggested certain amendments to make this more effective and accountable. The proposed draft bill has several lacunas including a provision for capitation fees( a kind of donation in private school), unclarity on ‘free’ and ‘quality’ aspects of education and the onus of responsibility etc.The bill is also silent about the critical age of youth between 14-18 years as well as the regular trained versus unskilled contracted para teachers.
The PM Mr. Singh was remarkably in agreement with all the concerns and issues raised by the BBA and NCE leaders. He emphasized his personal and official commitment in achieving all education goals. The PM suggested that he is interested in an interparty Parliamentary meeting for half day to discuss on the issue and raise consensus, which he will personally attend.
Among other delegates who met the PM were the Convenor of NCE Ms. Suman ,the Secretary of All India Primary Teachers Federation Mr. R.C.Dabas, the General Secretary of All India Federation of Teachers Organisation Mr. R.P.Kathuria and senior MPs’ like Mr.S.P.Singh Baghel, Mr. Basudev Burman, Mr.Karnendu Bhattacharya, Ms.Usha Verma etc. A memorandum has been also submitted to him.